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Jathika Hela Urumaya endorses the MOU to be signed between the ruling SLFP and opposition UNP today

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 23 October, ( Jathika Hela Urumaya parliamentarian Venerable Athureliye Rathana thero said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) due to be signed between the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the opposition United National Party (UNP) today cannot be categorized as an agreement relying on a war solution or peace only solution but a one that belonged to neither of those categories.

He said a copy of the finalized copy of the MOU had been shown to JHU head Venerable Ellawela Medhananda thero by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and according to that, it cannot be said that the agreement could be called an imposition of the policies of the former Ranil Wickremesinghe government on the present administration. It neither could be called an agreement for peace nor war, Venerable Rathana said.

He said it contained clauses for the peace process as well as for the fight against terrorism.

He said the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), the all Buddhist monks party had an optimistic view of the MOU and no political party could have any disagreement about the country’s independence and terrorism.

He said under the content of the MOU it contained references to the peace process as well as references to fighting against terrorism.

He said the JHU has never preached to have a war only solution for the country’s North East conflict and it professed a policy of isolating the terrorists, take on the Tamil democratic forces to the peace discussions, weakening the terrorists and bring pressure on terrorists to come under the democratic mainstream.

Ven.Rathana, interviewed by the BBC’s Sandeshaya said if the UNP did accept cabinet positions then the leadership of the opposition could go to the JVP since the criteria of the opposition leadership of the country would be decided by the degree of opposition a party could show and while holding cabinet positions no party could become the opposition.

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